The one thing that did not go to plan during the official opening of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy was the ease with which fans could have left the venue. Now that will be corrected in time for the CPL matches that are due to take place at the spanking new venue.
Udecott is currently undertaking work on the southern side of the venue in an effort to make an exit close to the Tarouba flyover. This road will take fans from the existing car parks South and will ease the problems that were faced during the opening, when fans spent close to an hour to get out of the park. Patrons had to exit through the same road that they entered and the volume of cars was too heavy to allow for a reasonable exit in terms of time.
The finals weekend will take place at the Stadium and it is expected to be filled to capacity, as fans from over the region are expected to converge on the Southern venue. Guardian Media understands that fans in the South may get more than they bargained for, as the preliminary matches involving the Trinbago Knight Riders may also be played at the Lara Academy.
By the end of this week, the venue for those matches will be finalised. Originally it was bandied around that the matches will be played the Queen’s Park Oval but Red Chillies Entertainment the owners of the TKR may, in an effort to save money enter into an arrangement with the government to have the matches down South.
The cost of renting the QPCC for one day is US$40,000, so the idea of taking the games South at the government-owned Lara Academy can be one that is weighing heavily on the minds of the owners. The first match of the HERO CPL in Trinidad, will take place on August 7, when the TKR comes up against the St. Lucia Stars.